Voice of Youth Award Books 2006-2007
7th and 8th grades

Gantos, Jack. Hole in My Life. 2002.
The year is 1972. Jack Gantos is in prison, incarcerated for a get-rich-quick drug scam. His escape from the constant violence around him is a ragged copy of The Brothers Karamazov. Keeping a journal of his thoughts, ideas, fears, and dreams in the tight spaces between the lines, it becomes his virtual lifeline to hope. Could this be his way out of a "gaping hole of misery," his grounds for success?
Grant, K.M. Blood Red Horse. 2005.
Does Will have the three things required for becoming a noble knight? Hosanna is his "blood red" horse, on the scrawny side and not really your typical warhorse; Ellie is a fair maiden, but she is expected to wed Will's brother Gavin; and as for the third element, a just cause, King Richard I is calling for a Crusade. The knights of England are off to the Middle East.
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Korman, Gordon. Son of the Mob. 2002.
Seventeen-year-old Vince's life is constantly complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss, a relationship that threatens to destroy his romance with the daughter of an FBI agent.
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Mead, Alice. Girl of Kosovo. 2001.
Caught in the Balkan war of the late 1990s, 11-year-old Zana struggles to heed her father's advice not to "let them fill your heart with hate." Half her family has been killed by Serbian forces, Zana is badly injured herself, and people she once considered friends are now enemies.
Meyer, L.A. Bloody Jack. 2002.
After her family is killed by the plague in 1797 London, Mary bonds with a gang of orphans living in the streets. When her friend Charlie is killed, she does not hesitate: she strips the dead body, puts on Charlie's clothes, cuts her hair short and renames herself Jack Faber. Jack finds work on the HMS Dolphin as a ship's boy and soon proves her bravery when she saves her friend Jamie from pirates. Life is not easy though for "Bloody Jack" as she is now known. What if someone discovers that she is a girl?
Oppel, Kenneth. Airborn. 2004.
Matt is a cabin boy on a dirigible--an airship--when the ship encounters a battered hot-air balloon with a dying man on board. Before he dies, the man describes the beautiful swarming creatures he has seen flying over an uncharted island. Matt is then joined by Aurora, the dying man's granddaughter, in a quest to locate the "cloud cats" -- the mysterious flying creatures who live hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface.
Peck, Richard. Fair Weather. 2001.
Lottie, Rosie, and their younger brother, Buster, along with their eccentric grandfather, experience quite an adventure when they head to Chicago for the 1893 World's Fair.
Weeks, Sarah. So B It: A Novel. 2004.
"Soof." What could it possibly mean? Thirteen-year-old Heidi's mother, "So B It," is developmentally disabled and knows exactly 23 words, the other 22 being simple terms like "hot" or "cold." The two have lived with Bernie since Heidi was about a week old, mysteriously arriving on Bernie's doorstep. One day Heidi comes across an old camera with film in it and after having it developed she is more determined than ever to unravel the secrets of her past and the meaning of "soof."
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Werlin, Nancy. Double Helix. 2004.
Eli Samuel's mother is institutionalized with Huntington's disease, a degenerative disease without a cure, the gene of which Eli might carry as well. It surprises and intrigues him when he is offered a well-paid job at Wyatt Transgenetics right out of high school. He accepts it despite intense objections from his father. Is there a connection between his mother's illness and Dr. Wyatt's research? What does Eli have to do with it?
Zindel, Paul. The Pigman: A Novel. 1968.
John and Lorraine never meant to become friends with Angelo Pignati. It was all just a practical joke played by the two high school sophomores. Now Angelo is dead and it's up to them to tell the story of the Pigman.